Category Archive: Lies Leaders Believe

7 Ways to Deal with the Lies Leaders Tell Themselves

When you screw up, someone didn’t follow through. When others screw up, they procrastinated. It’s not if, but how you lie to yourself. You fail because of circumstances. Others fail because of character.*… Continue reading

The Secret to Finding Your Own Voice

The voice in your head is someone else, who sounds like you. Don’t trust it. Inner voices are the disguised voices of people from your past. Inner critic: Your inner critic is the voice of an… Continue reading

Employees and Customers Aren’t First

One of two business philosophies dominate organizations today, “customers first” or “employees first.” Both are useful. Neither reflect reality. Employees first: Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies, Ltd., is committed to employees first.… Continue reading

Rubbing the Genie

Rub the genie to get three wishes. In organizations, rubbing the genie includes telling leaders what they want to hear. It’s an act of foolishness or profound friendship to speak the truth to… Continue reading

When Trying Harder Doesn’t Help

The worst thing forward-facing leaders face is not making progress – feeling stuck. The solution for most is trying harder. Stepping on the gas feels right, but it’s wrong, when there’s no traction.… Continue reading

Seven Proven Strategies for Dealing with Liars

Leaders lie because they don’t care enough to tell the truth. It’s too much trouble convincing know-it-alls, for example, so they smile and let them believe they’re right. They say, “That sounds fine.”… Continue reading